England[ edit ] During colonial timesEnglish speech regulations were rather restrictive.
Technology Content For years, social media companies have done relatively little to keep hate speech off of their platforms, often accepting racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic screeds and comments as the cost of doing business.
More recently, though, social media has exploded onto the front lines in the battle over hate speech, free speech and the sociopolitical war gripping the U.
One big recent spark was provided by Alex Jones. The conspiracy theorist has long floated patently false claims that child-sex rings run by prominent public figures Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton are operating right under our noses, and that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax staged by gun-control activists.
In early August, social media companies decided they had had enough: Now, social media companies are caught among multiple rocks and hard places.
Above all, perhaps, they want to keep growing users so they can keep growing profits. The Sri Lankan government shut down Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms in the country earlier this year after violence against Muslims.
It was only after Facebook officials visited the country with a pledge to curtail hate speech and misuse that the ban was lifted. Social media has been called to account for itself in numerous Congressional hearings.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, asked during testimony this past April to define hate speech, said: But right now, legally speaking, they are not compelled to do anything. Listen to the full podcast at the top of this page.
Republicans were especially inclined to think so: Social media companies routinely deny that they are actively censoring political views, and the tendency away from censorship was built into the structure of social media long before the term social media came into use.
In other words, it firmly established what would become social media as a largely unmediated bulletin board. And then there are courts that have interpreted it narrowly, in which case companies would face a great deal of liability, so there is fair amount of legal uncertainty.
We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We also provide some protections for immigration status.
We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. Facebook, for instance, recently flagged the Declaration of Independence, removing paragraphs when a community newspaper in Texas published it in the days leading up to the Fourth of July.
On the slippery slope of regulating speech, what is considered free and legitimate speech by one group might be considered inciteful by another, and user agreements are of limited help, says Ron Bermana Wharton marketing professor.
For example, a call for Catalonian independence from Spain on Facebook may be considered free legitimate speech by a large group [of Catalonians], but if it later causes a violent protest, it may become [seen as] illegitimate. But regulating speech would be a grave mistake, she says.
Some say All Lives Matter is racist because it is insensitive to those whose lives are in jeopardy. These are all subjective matters, so the only solution is not suppressing free speech.
There is more harm in empowering government officials or private-sector actors with making these discretionary decisions. But moderators are inconsistent, and that inconsistency puts minority users of social media at a disadvantage, according to a report last year by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The report cited Facebook users whose posts on racial matters were deleted by Facebook, but whose white friends, when asked to post the same content, found their posts were not deleted. The other speech going on is incredibly inspiring.
You could not have had the social-justice movement, from Black Lives Matter to MeToo and the anti-gun movement. They really flourished thanks to social media. They are on multiple social media platforms simultaneously, and for them different platforms serve different purposes.
So I think you are starting to see diversification among social media, and I think that is a good healthy development. Considered alongside the current total number of social media users globally, 3.
Is Facebook simply too big today to be considered a social media platform and business in the usual sense?
Is it really more like a public utility because of its scale and ubiquity? What we see in the broad scale is that new players have come up or older players have reinvented themselves in dramatic ways, which indicates the market is incredibly dynamic.
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The United States of America is the most free and open society in the history of mankind. Citizens of this country have every right to know what is going on and express themselves accordingly. This is a great place to start.